Grand Haven, MI 49417 (population 10,982 (2015)) Page 2
GPS: N 43.06780, W 86.23080 (1223 at Chinook Pier) Google map
Scanner: MSR 161.235 
Description: Grand Haven is not a Railfan Paradise, except for me. It is my hometown and I think it is one of the
most beautiful places on earth. The only train that comes though Grand Haven is the Michigan Shore Railroad local
that highballs through town twice a day. However, Grand Haven has a rich railroad history with the Pere Marquette
Railway, and the Grand Trunk Western and it's predecessors. In Fact I was born in Grand Haven because my father
was the Station Agent for the Pere Marquette Railway in GH. There are a number of rail related artifacts and
locations preserved here and much for a railfan to enjoy, so this page is way for me to crow about my hometown. In
2014, my fellow webmaster, Todd Sestero visited, took many pictures and created a page on HIS website, RAILFAN
GUIDES of the U.S. His page has more railroad detail than this page and I encourage you to view it. As his pictures
are better than mine, I have used many of them on this page. Maybe these pictures and sites, both rail and non-rail
related will encourage a few to visit Grand Haven, so consider this page My invitation to come.
Local Breakfast: Morningstar Café, 711 Washington Ave N 43.06139, W 86.22246
Rainy Day Cafe, 121 N Beechtree St, N 43.06269, W 86.20591
Fast Food: Ray's Drive In, 20 N Beacon Blvd, N 43.06174, W 86.22021 a Local favorite for over 60 years.
Great Lakes Greek Chili Dogs, 1001 S Beacon Blvd, N 43.05153, W 86.22132;
McDonalds, 1617 S Beacon Blvd, N 43.04660, W 86.22047
Ice Cream: Skoops Ice Cream, 16830 Robbins Rd, N 43.04477, W 86.20620 (seasonal)
Cold Stone Creamery, 1506 S Beacon Blvd, N 43.04691, W 86.22013
Pub and Grub: JW's Food & Spirits, 6 N 7th St, N 43.06159, W 86.22293. There is a Pub side and a Restaurant
side, and there is not a bad thing on the whole menu.
Pizza: Fricano's Pizza Tavern, 1600 Fulton, N 43.06295, W 86.20825; IMHO, simply the best thin crust pizza
in the world, cash only, one size, choice of 5 ingredients, no other items on the menu in an old fashioned tavern.
And Clover Bar, thicker, cheesier, and with a bare hint of anise spiciness. Guaranteed at least the second best pizza in
the world. The town is passionate about their pizza and these two establishments vie for supremacy.
Fancy Restaurant: The Bil Mar Inn $$$, 1223 S Harbor Dr, N 43.04984, W 86.24379 Directly on Lake Michigan
with a view of Gorgeous Sunsets. (In 2017 the Bil Mar was sold to a reputable restaurant family. It will be
demolished and replaced by a new restaurant on the Same location.)
Lodging: Best Western Beacon Inn, 1525 S Beacon Blvd, N 43.04721, W 86.22060
Bookstores: The Bookman, 715 Washington Ave, N 43.06139, W 86.22211; & Booked for the Season, 8 N 7th St,
N 43.06185, W 86.22280
|“It's not necessary to go far and wide. I mean, you can really find exciting and inspiring things within your hometown.”
- Daryl Hannah
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Yeah, it's my hometown, but do you have info that you could share with me. I would welcome suggestions, additions,
or corrections to this page (or any page). New info will be credited on the page. e-mail me at
Except for the local going through town twice a day, there are no trains to warrant creating a Mini Guide. However,
Grand Haven has a rich railroad history and the town does celebrete that; so I provide this page to share the railfan
info available. Most railfans would enjoy the railroad related things here.